will not lose his patron, Lord Jlervey, so soon as 1 imagined; he begins to recover.
I believe the Euston embroil is adjusted; I was with Lady Caroline Fitzroy on Friday evening; there were her brother and the bride, and quite bridal together, quite honey-moonish.
I forgot to tell you that the Prince was not at the Opera; I believe it has been settled that he should go thither on Tuesdays, and Majesty on Saturdays, that they may not meet.
The Neutrality16 begins to break out, and threatens to be an excise or convention17. The newspapers are full of it, and the press teems. It has already produced three pieces: Tlie G-roans of Germany, which I will send you by the first opportunity; Bedlam, a poem on His Majesty's happy escape from his German dominions, and all the wisdom of his conduct there. The title of this is all that is remarkable in it. The third piece is a Ballad, which, not for the goodness, but for the excessive abuse of it, I shall transcribe :
THE LATE GALLANT EXPLOITS OF A FAMOUS BALANCING- CAPTAIN18.
A NEW SONG. TO THE TUNE OF THE KING AND THE MILLEB.
Mene tekel. The handwriting on the wall.
I'll tell you a story as strange as 'tis new, Which all, who're concern'd, will allow to be true, Of a Balancing Captain, well known hereabouts, Return'd home, God save him! a mere King of Clouts.
is The Neutrality for the electorate 1733, and the Spanish Convention
of Hanover. Walpole. of 1739.
17 An allusion to the excitement 1S George H. caused by the Excise scheme of